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Kwaito star, Arthur Mafokate, accused of stealing R6-million from non-profit

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Questions have risen around Arthur Mafokate after a close associate of the Kwaito star approached a police station in Midrand to file an affidavit accusing him of stealing R6-million.

As reported by Sunday World, Mafokate is said to have allegedly personally benefited from a non-profit scheme he ran with the National Lottery Commission.

How did Arthur Mafokate steal R6-million?

Brian Mokoena is part of the reason why Mafokate is the successful Kwaito legend we know. He managed Mafokate under the star’s label, 999 Music.

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“Mafokate created a bogus NPO”

According to Mafokate’s former close confidant, the musician’s used his business relationship with the NLC for his private benefit.

In 2012, Mafokate started the South African Arts and Development Association (Saada), a non-profit organisation whose mandate was to uncover and hone raw talent in the country.

What happened to the R3.5-million?

Two years later, Saada allegedly received R9.5-million from the NLC, as funding for the nationwide campaign. Mokoena wrote in his affidavit that only R3.5-million went towards executing the mandate of the NPO.

The R6-million was allegedly used by Mafokate to purchase a guesthouse in Midrand, Johannesburg, for one of his businesses.

“Arthur Mafokate transferred the money into one of his business accounts and in the process, cooked the NPO books with the help of accountant [name withheld]. This money was eventually used to buy a guesthouse, La Villa Rosa… for one of Arthur’s companies,” Mokoena alleged.

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“Cici was staged to win NPO campaign”

The disgruntled former partner lambasted Mafokate for abusing his power and limiting information about the usage of the funds to his sister, Makoma Rita Mafokate, his ex-girlfriend and fellow artist, Chomee, and other close members of his family.

“As the SG, together with the board, we were sidelined in any activities of the NPO. The chairperson approved and used the NPO funds at his own will. Thus, the NPO was run as the fiefdom of Arthur Mafokate. Staff were hired without the board’s input,” he wrote.

He further alleged that the entire existence of the NPO was a scam to siphon the money for his personal and business use. Mokoena revealed that the winner of the campaign, Busisiwe Thwala, also known as Cici, was also his former girlfriend,

According to Mokoena, the capital injection for the NPO only benefitted him and his people. He added that “it was used to prop up his lifestyle and that of his family, girlfriends, e.g. Chomee and Cici.”

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Mafokate defence backed by NLC

Mafokate, in response, denied all of these allegations vehemently. He accused Mokoena of furnishing his affidavit with falsified information.

He stated that the funds for the campaign were awarded to Saada four years after the company was founded, and not two.

He also denied that he had used the money for his personal gain and challenged Mokoena to approach the courts if he has any evidence of the claims he has made.

NLC spokesperson, Ndivhuwo Mafela also chimed in, corroborating the information the company had with Mafokate’s.

“The NLC can confirm that it has funded an organisation called Saada. According to our records and documents submitted, the organisation was registered in March 2011 and was funded in 2014, therefore the allegations of the NLC funding an organisation which is less than two years are unfounded,” Mafela wrote.

The NLC stood behind Mafokate, claiming that before Saada closed down in 2017, they received regular progress reports on the NPO and were happy with its outcomes.

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